At Weekend, we know you care about movies. When we polled area residents on how they spend their weekends, 20 percent said they had gone to a movie the previous weekend, and more than half had watched a DVD. Because it's our job to help you have a good time (someone has to do it), we're always on the lookout for ways to do it better. We want your movie time to be time well spent. And your movie dollars to be well spent, too.

Today we introduce an improved format for Weekend's movie section. We've made it quicker and easier to navigate, and we've added more guidance and context. Starting this week, On Screen (Page 31) will feature In Focus, a new film-related interview; DVD Watch, an expanded DVD page; and Quick Takes, compact reviews of all the movies opening this week. We'll continue to offer the other popular features you rely on to make smart decisions about which movies to see: The Family Filmgoer, brief reviews with kids in mind; Film Notes, the column that keeps up with film festivals, free films and other related happenings; Also Playing, mini reviews of all the films at theaters in our area; and, of course, the Movie Directory with movie times.

The Quick Takes section is a one-stop destination for reviews of new movies by Post critics. In Focus highlights someone of interest -- a director, actor or writer, for instance -- from a film opening that week. DVD Watch lets you know what has just been released, including a feature on one or more of the most intriguing new DVDs, and gives you a heads-up on what to expect next week.

And remember, you can read more in-depth reviews of select films in the Style section.

We hope you'll enjoy our new movie section. If you have any comments, you can send them to me at Weekend, The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071. Or e-mail me at

And thanks for reading Weekend.

Joyce Jones,